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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

July 20, 2020 Articles

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it continues to threaten the economy and the norms of our individual lives. From education to travel through energy and the retail sector, virtually every company, nonprofit, school, and government entity has been communicating with their respective constituency prudence, calm, and most importantly cleanliness and safety. 

Farella lawyers are closely monitoring this unique and fast-changing threat and are able to offer critical guidance to you and your business needs. We are developing this web page to provide information and content focused on COVID-19 and its effects on our clients, their businesses, and their industries. Please check back as we continue to add new insights. If you have specific questions or comments, please reach out to your Farella lawyer, and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

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Insights:

COVID Relief Granted to Opportunity Zone Investors - 7/13/20

The Pandemic's Impact on Junior Attorneys and Diversity - 7/7/20

7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy - 6/23/20

Reopening Businesses Must Consider Employee and Consumer Privacy - 6/2/20

Hospitality Companies and Their Lenders: Preparing for Difficult Conversations - 5/27/20

Coronavirus and Federal Payroll Tax Credits: Relief Available for Cannabis Companies - 5/22/20

Reopening Plans and Recommended Protocols Beg New Privacy Issues - 5/20/20

Senate Democrats Release Competing COVID-19 Privacy Bill - 5/19/20

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary - 5/19/20 - Updated

Trademark Office Deadlines and Coronavirus-Related Delays - 5/14/20 - Updated

Federal “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act” Proposed - 5/7/20

Tips for Efficiently Managing New Trade Secret Risks Created by Shelter-In-Place Restrictions and Remote Working - 4/30/20

7 Ways to Check If Coronavirus Triggers ‘Force Majeure’ Clauses in Your Wine Business Contracts - 4/30/20

COVID-19 Exposure and GL Coverage: Issues for Personal Injury Claims - 4/27/20

Coronavirus and the Workplace: Guidance for Employers Resuming Operations - 4/27/20

Non-Residential Lease Default Workouts, Security Deposits and Bankruptcy - 4/24/20

Renewable Energy Roundtable Update in the Wake of COVID-19 - 4/24/20

Questions Wineries Need to Answer Before Talking With Lenders About Coronavirus-Caused Financial Woes - 4/20/20

Paycheck Protection Program Eligibility for Private Equity and Venture Capital-Backed Entities - 4/14/20

Fed Announces New Main Street Lending Program - 4/10/20

Data Centers Are “Critical Infrastructure,” and That May Help Mitigate Business Impacts From COVID-19 - 4/10/20

WEBINAR: Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure? - 4/9/20

CARES Act Money for Wineries? - 4/7/20 - Updated

Updated California Shelter-In-Place Orders Include New Requirement for Social Distancing Protocol - 4/2/20

Wine Businesses, Lenders, and Difficult Conversations - 4/2/20

San Francisco Bay Area Counties Issue Stricter Limits on Commercial Activities in Updated COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Orders - 4/1/2020

Public Ends From Private Means: Privacy Rights and Benevolent Use of Personal Data - 4/1/2020

San Francisco Mayor Breed Issues Proclamation Providing Protection to Some Commercial Tenants - 3/31/20

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Posting Requirement for Employers - 3/31/20

Use Caution When Laying Off Employees Without a Return to Work Date - 3/31/20

Webinar:  Business Interruption Coverage for the Coronavirus - 3/31/20

Litigation Management Checklist in the Time of COVID-19 - 3/26/20

Tax Relief in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak - 3/26/20 - Updated  

CCPA Enforcement During COVID-19 Pandemic - 3/25/20

Is Your Business an “Essential Business”? Navigating California State and County COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Orders - 3/24/20

Coronavirus and the Workplace: Key Legal Updates for Employers - 3/20/20

Force Majeure and Contractual Non-Performance During the Coronavirus Pandemic - 3/19/20

Business Interruption Coverage for the Coronavirus - 3/19/20

Is Your Wine Business an Essential Business? - 3/19/20

Directors & Officers Liability Issues and the Coronavirus: Is That a “Thing”? - 3/18/20

Coronavirus and Employee Privacy Laws: What Employers Should Know - 3/13/20

Coronavirus and the Workplace: Is Your Business Prepared? - 3/10/20

Coronavirus and Construction Contracts: Who Bears the Risk? - 3/9/20

Resources:

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Novel Coronavirus 2019 Page

CDC COVID-19 Information for Travel

World Health Organization Coronavirus Website

California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates

San Francisco Department of Public Health COVID-19 Page

Napa County Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Page

Sonoma County Novel Coronavirus Information Page

California Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

California EDD COVID-19 Page

California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) COVID-19 Updates

California Water Boards COVID-19

California Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers - PDF 

Memorandum on COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program - PDF

Small Business Resources - San Francisco

Information on Construction Projects During the Coronavirus Outbreak (San Francisco)

COVID-19 Court Updates

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